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Coleman Dunnock Review

Classic comfy bag that works but does not excel in our tests.
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Price:  $75 List | $54.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, works well for warmer weather
Cons:  Bulky, not as warm for the weight
Manufacturer:   Coleman
By Brandon Lampley ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 19, 2015
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RANKED
#12 of 14
  • Warmth - 35% 6
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Features - 25% 5
  • Packed Size - 15% 6

Our Verdict

The Coleman Dunnock is a very simple rectangular camping bag. Its wide dimensions make it nice and roomy inside, but there is little to lead us to recommend it over the the other camping sleeping bags we evaluated. If you're determined to find a rectangular camping sleeping bag with a smart phone pocket inside, the Dunnock has one.

Our Editors' Choice winner, the the Slumberjack Country Squire 0, is the most comfortable, most luxurious, and warmest general-purpose sleeping bag for cold weather. The Wenzel Conquest is the most similar tested product to the Dunnock; and we prefer it for warm weather car camping.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Coleman Dunnock, rated by the manufacturer to 20 degrees F, is plenty roomy inside and features a soft, cotton flannel lining. Great for spring and fall car camping, the Dunnock also unzips to make a cozy queen-sized blanket.

Performance Comparison


We tested the Dunnock in a range of temperatures  and found the mid 30's up into the 40's the best warmth comfort range.
We tested the Dunnock in a range of temperatures, and found the mid 30's up into the 40's the best warmth comfort range.

Warmth


We found we could get an OK night's sleep in the upper 20s with a baselayer and hoodie on, but this bag is more suited for nights in the mid 30s to 40s. This bag is a sewn-through model - the synthetic insulation is sewn to both the cotton shell and lining fabric in one pass - creating seams that fail to hold warm air inside well. A quite small, two-part draft flap system backs the zipper; we found it tended to fold over and leave the zipper exposed to wind and heat loss. The Dunnock is not as warm relative to its hefty weight.

Comfort


Measuring 81 inches long and 39 inches wide, the Dunnock has more room inside than all but the luxurious Slumberjack Country Squire. Folks that toss and turn in their sleep find these oversized bags less restrictive. While the cotton flannel lining feels good on the skin, we found it both sheds fiber and piles up quickly. Rectangular bags, this one included, generally have the ability to unzip into a large blanket. The two-way zipper also allows you to ventilate at the foot in warmer weather. Unzipped into a big blanket, this bag covers two folks for warm weather camping.

This rectangular model can be unzipped to form a big  warm blanket  and two zipper pulls allow you to ventilate at the foot when needed.
This rectangular model can be unzipped to form a big, warm blanket, and two zipper pulls allow you to ventilate at the foot when needed.

Features


Unfortunately, this bag does not have loops sewn into the foot that can be used to hang it up. This is a feature we value for extended car camping. A nice feature on this otherwise unimpressive bag is the addition of two small toggles and loops along the sides for securing a sleeping pad with a string or elastic strap. And while tape-backed, we found the zipper still prone to snagging. A unique feature to this bag is a cell phone (or watch) pocket inside at the top of the chest area.

Packed Size


A thin cotton wrap, sewn to the top of the bag, secures the Dunnock when folded in half and rolled up, and includes a nice carry handle. While we like the inclusion of a handle, positioning the cotton wrap and tying the cinch strings was a pain. It's our least favorite packing system. Weighing in at 7 lbs 8 ounces, rolled and wrapped in the protective cover, this bag is about the same size as the warmer and heavier Wenzel Grande.

The wrap to secure this bag is not so easy to secure  but it does provide a carrying handle  a big plus.
The wrap to secure this bag is not so easy to secure, but it does provide a carrying handle, a big plus.

Best Applications


This is a decent cool and warm weather camping bag. We use it for car camping, picnics, and an extra warm blanket in the house.

Value


At $75 the Dunnock is inexpensive, but we feel there are better values at a similar price. We prefer the similar, and cheaper, Wenzel Conquest for warm weather car camping.

Conclusion


The rectangular Coleman Dunnock camping bag is roomy and comfortable, and unzips to form a queen-sized warm blanket.

The Dunnock is the only product we tested with a cell phone pocket (seen here)  on the inside chest portion of the bag.
The Dunnock is the only product we tested with a cell phone pocket (seen here), on the inside chest portion of the bag.


Brandon Lampley